Psyc 601: Quantitative Methods

A. Course Description and Requirments

Quantitative Methods (Psyc 601) is a basic course in statistical methods and concepts applied to general psychological research. Much of the material is theoretical in nature and provides a rationale for the practical application of statistical tests to research problems in psychology. In addition, the problems of quantification and measurement, the techniques of data mining and visualization, and the use of at least one statistical computer package and will be discussed.

The lecture part (Tue/Thur 9:00 - 11:00) will cover primary course content in a lecture format. The discussion part (Thur 4:30 - 6:00) will include hands-on tutorials and a discussion of course topics.

B. On-Line Course Materials

All materials except the textbook but including the syllabus, lecture notes, assignments, discussion and exams will be posted on the World Wide Web (WWW) at http://cognitron.umd.edu/.

Most homework will be submitted online, but some assignments may require paper submission as well. Exams will include an on-line and given during the discussion period. Class participation will be determined through on-line discussions and interactions.

C. On-Line Exams

Two exams and a final will be given. All exams will be taken online in the classroom during the disccussion section time (Thur 4:30- 6:00). Exams will be combination of mutliple-choice, short answer, essay, and problems.

D. Course Grade

The course grade will be based on a weighted combination of two exams, a final, homework, and class participation, as follows: Exam 1 = 20%; Exam 2 = 20%; Final = 25%; Homework = 25%; Class Participation = 10%.

Each homework assignment will be graded on a 10 scale. Grades will be assigned as follows: A+ 97-100%, A 93-96%, A- 90-92%, B+ 87-89%, B 83-86%, B- 80-82%, C+ 77-79%, C 73-76%, C- 70-72%, etc.

E. Textbook

Hays, William L. (1994). Statistics (5th Ed.), International Thompson Publisher. (ISBN 0030744679)

F. Instructor

Dr. Kent L. Norman
Office: ZP3123F
Email: kent_norman@lap.umd.edu
Phone: 301 405-5924
Office Hours:
Tuesday 1:30 - 2:30
Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00

G. Teaching Assistants

Scott Leary (sleary@psyc.umd.edu)
Walky Rivadeneira (arivadeneira@psyc.umd.edu)

Syllabus

Psyc 602: Quantitative Methods

DateTopicReadingsAssignments
8/31/2004
Introduction to Quantitative Methods

Personal Description
9/2/2004
Probability Theory (Sets and Events)
Chapter 1
Hw_Ch01

Discussion Session 1


9/7/2004
Probability Theory (Bayes Theorem)
Article 1
Discussion 1
9/9/2004
Frequency Distributions (Measurement)
Chapter 2
Hw_Ch02

Discussion Session 2


9/14/2004
Frequency Distributions (Tables and Graphs)


9/16/2004
Discrete Random Variables:
Chapter 3
Hw_Ch03

Discussion Session 3


9/21/2004
The Binomial Distribution
Article 2
Discussion 2
9/23/2004
Algebra of Expectation
Chapter 4
Hw_Ch04

Discussion Session 4


9/28/2004
Central Tendency and Variability


9/30/2004
continued



Exam 1


10/5/2004
Sampling Distributions and Point Estimation
Chapter 5
Hw_Ch05
10/7/2004
contiinued
Article 3
Discussion 3

Discussion Session 5


10/12/2004
Normal Population and
Chapter 6
Hw_Ch06
10/14/2004
Sampling Distributions



Discussion Session 6


10/19/2004
Hypothesis Testing
Chapter 7
Hw_Ch07
10/21/2004
continued



Discussion Session 7
Article 4
Discussion 4
10/26/2004
Inferences About Population Means
Chapter 8
Hw_Ch08
10/28/2004
continued



Discussion Session 8


11/2/2004
Chi-Square and
Chapter 9
Hw_Ch09
11/4/2004
F Distributions



Exam 2


11/9/2004
General Linear Model and
Chapter 10
Hw_Ch10
11/11/2004
Analysis of Variance
Article 5
Discussion 5

Discussion Session 9


11/16/2004
Comparisons Among Means
Chapter 11
Hw_Ch11
11/18/2004
Correlation and Regression
Chapter 14
Hw_Ch14

Discussion Session 10


11/23/2004
To Be Announced


11/25/2004
Thanksgiviing Break






11/30/2004
Correlation and Regression


12/2/2004
continued
Article 6
Discussion 6

Discussion Session 11


12/7/2004
Analyzing Qualitative Data:
Chapter 18
Hw_Ch18
12/9/2004
Chi-Square Tests



Discussion Session 12


12/14/2004
Final Exam (8:00 - 10:00)